Billie Joe Armstrong Joins The Replacements
Early in The Replacements' Friday night set, Paul Westerberg welcomed Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong onstage. Armstrong, who matched the rest of the band (except Westerberg, who wore his own thing) in a plaid suit, seemed giddy to be onstage with his idols, saying "Dreams really do come true." Westerberg was splayed out on a couch for most of the set (he said his back was hurting), letting Armstrong sing lead on several songs. No Green Day tunes were played, but who needs "Longview" when you've got "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." -Kai Flanders
Weekend two is notable for its population decrease. That means fewer Hollywood types, fewer bros, fewer people asking us for molly.
During Darkside's performance on Saturday night, whenever there was a critical moment in the set someone would toss dozens upon dozens of glow sticks out over the crowd - purple, red, green, yellow, and blue. It added a level of spontaneity and whimsy to the proceedings, even if some of them would smack you in the head.-Ben Westhoff
At Pharrell Williams' set Saturday, he played some of his recent hits, and then thanked the audience in a gooey voice for supporting him "since the beginning." He said this like three times. Considering Pharrell's been in the game since 1992's "Rump Shaker" - before many in the audience were born - and that most were probably unfamiliar with him before "Get Lucky," this was a great troll.-Ben Westhoff
Win Butler and co. took the ultimate piss out of Coachella Sunday night by opening with an alleged surprise set from none other than Daft Punk. Except, not really. "Boy have we got a surprise for you!" Butler gushed just a little too enthusiastically, as two white-clad figures sporting the French DJs' signature helmets appeared before a pair of laptops onstage. The call prompted the entirety of the festival to stampede towards the Main Stage. But the ruse was up once the group began jamming on a slow, emphatically bored-sounding version of "Get Lucky" for about 30 seconds, after which "Daft Punk" disappeared and the show really got started. It was a jab some of the most annoying aspects of Coachella's hype, and the meme-like mania for Daft Punk's Coachella comeback year after year.-Andrea Domanick
On a day whenChance the Rapper
cancelled his anticipated mid-afternoon set on the main stage, people were wondering who would pick up the slack - turns out it was Mexican-based psychedelic outfit Zoé. Though generally unknown to the greater American listening public, the band's sunny brand of indie-meets-alt-rock won over the fans assembled. By the end of the set, the pink shirt wearing León Larregui had the fans eating out of his palm.
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